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A possible solution to Chelsea’s current injury crisis

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A possible solution to Chelsea’s current injury crisis

When a player that played under Antonio Conte, a manager known for his success that comes intense training sessions, reveals that his first few training sessions under Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea were much more intense, then it explains why the Blues have had too many injuries this season.

According to football.london, Romelu Lukaku said in September that the intensity of the first two training sessions he had on his return to Chelsea was so high that he had “a bit of a scare”.

The injuries which have now piled up and are showing no signs of easing could be a direct consequence of that high-intensity training. It doesn’t also help that Thomas Tuchel demands the same intensity on matchdays.

Recall that the Metro reported that Leonardo Bunucci said after Chelsea beat Juventus 4-0 in the Champions League that the lesson to take is that against teams like Chelsea, “you have to always go at 1,000km/h, because that the moment you slow it down, they punish you”.

The Chelsea players practically run at a high pace all week as the way they train is the way they play. Based on that and with games taking place every three to four days since the last international break, I don’t think it was a surprise when Tuchel revealed that midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has joined the growing injury list.

Currently-fit players like Lukaku, Timo Werner, Mason Mount, Reece James, to name but a few have all been affected. N’Golo Kante who is currently injured is the most affected as he can’t play more than 3 matches without going back to injury. I think the reason for that is that he runs more than others given how he likes to play.

To reduce the rate at which the players go on injury, Tuchel would have to reduce the training intensity especially this month in which they are playing every 3 days. I am not a manager but it doesn’t need one to know that. Squad rotation is a solution but as it stands, Chelsea doesn’t have enough players to rotate with.

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